MO­HAMED SALAH (Egypt)

Inside Sport - - World Cup 2018 -

The break­out star of this past sea­son hails from Na­grig, a farm­ing vil­lage in the Nile Delta. The 26-year-old be­came a cer­ti­fied phe­nom­e­non lead­ing Liver­pool to the UEFA Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal, break­ing the Pre­mier League’s sin­gle-sea­son goal-scor­ing record and tal­ly­ing 44 in 52 matches across the sea­son. Al­ready iconic in Egypt – lit­er­ally, as the use of his im­age sparked var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal and com­mer­cial con­tro­ver­sies – an en­tire na­tion will be hang­ing on his re­turn from a shoul­der in­jury suf­fered in the Champs League fi­nal.

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